A Christmas Welcome

So I finally did it this year, I made a wreath.  It’s been one of my ongoing Christmas fantasies: the one where it snows, I make mince pies (like my mothers) and we all sing carols by the roaring fire.

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oh yes…

So back in the real world I signed up and arrived clutching my secateurs at Water Lane Workshops, to get crafty, fiddle with greenery, inhale Christmas and actually MAKE something.

IMG_6184Luckily coffee first and then a very nice lady or two tell you what to do:


Taking the fear out of where to start…


It’s the moss. A foundational support.


Time to get messy…

 and keep twining…trying not to chat too much…until ready to wreath up.


After a little pep talk on structure and architecture, yes architecture. Fir and ivy are the base for rosemary and eucalyptus which create scented architectural lines.

 I dig in… (for the full effect here we need on line ‘scratch and sniff’).

IMG_6166Threading greenery until a lush circle is complete


IMG_6192 to decorate…

IMG_6195Each wreath turns out a little different: from bows to pheasant feathers, bells to pom poms…

I enjoyed a day off, getting creative,  making something fun to offer up my own Christmas welcome…


in the kitchen,  now al I need is to deck the halls and simmer mulled wine to complete the fantasy.


But there’s presents to wrap, stockings to hang and a turkey to stuff.  Screen Shot 2015-12-19 at 09.09.37It must be CHRISTMAS.

Credits: Thank you at Waterlane Workshops for fulfilling a Christmas fantasy. See you next year…for health and understanding.


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